10,000 Young Australians Off Welfare And Into Work

In just over nine months, 10,000 young people across Australia who were previously reliant on taxpayer-funded welfare are now in gainful employment thanks to the Youth Jobs PaTH program. This great result has been achieved through the Youth Bonus Wage subsidy component of the Youth Jobs PaTH program. And we’ve seen real results under the program in the electorate of Dawson, with 154 young people transitioning from welfare to work since the beginning of the year. We believe that the best form of welfare is a job.

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Plan to boost jobs for journos in regions

The Liberal National Government has today announced a number of new measures to support regional and small publishers and create local jobs. The new measures, which are in addition to the Government’s media reform package, and subject to its passage, include: •A $50 million Regional and Small Publishers Innovation fund; •a Regional and Small Publishers cadetship program to support 200 cadetships ($8 million) and; •60 regional journalism scholarships ($2.4 million over three years)

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Businesses urged to nominate for Vets’ awards

In the Australian Defence Force (ADF) our personnel work in high-pressure environments and learn skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, leadership and the ability to adapt to new technologies. Those talents are in demand in a modern economy and I know businesses in Townsville are employing veterans and using their skills to succeed. I’m encouraging local businesses and local veterans to look at the award categories and nominate so their achievements can be recognised.

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Main tender on Mackay Ring Road announced

WE reached a major milestone in the Mackay Ring Road Stage 1 project today with the announcement that CPB Contractors have won the major tender. This project will remove heavy vehicles from the Mackay CBD and residential areas by providing a bypass for all vehicles without a destination in Mackay. This is a massive project for the region – we’re going to see 13 new bridges being built as part of it - and I believe an average of 534 jobs will be supported during construction of the bypass. We need jobs, jobs, jobs in this region and I have already had discussions with CPB and heard firsthand that they're very keen to engage the local suppliers, subcontractors and workers in Mackay. They have said that it is naturally more efficient for them to source supplies where they can up here in this region rather than elsewhere. CPB will also be advertising for expressions of interest in due course for locals interested in being involved in the project. This is a very big infrastructure project for our region and we can look forward to seeing the flow-on effects of business dollars and job opportunities for a number of years.

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